Migos rapper Takeoff dies aged 28, after shooting

Takeoff, one-third of rap group Migos, has died at the age of 28 after being fatally shot on Tuesday morning, a rep has confirmed.

The Grammy-nominated artist, whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball, died in a shooting after a fight broke out at a party at Houston's 810 Billiards & Bowling, TMZ reports.

Takeoff, one-third of rap group Migos
Takeoff, one-third of rap group Migos, has died at the age of 28 after being fatally shot in Houston, his rep confirms. Photo: Getty

A rep, who was not authorised to speak publicly, confirmed the rapper's death to the Associated Press.

Houston Police and fire officials arrived at around 2:40am after gunshots were heard.


“A lot of folks were there,” Police Lt. Ronnie Wilkins told the Houston Chronicle. “They were in front of the bar. The bar was closed at the time, but people were congregating out on the balcony area. Everybody fled.”

Video obtained by TMZ reportedly shows fellow Migos member Quavo with Takeoff, calling for help, however, he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police, who also revealed two more victims were taken to nearby hospitals.

Quavo, who is also Takeoff's uncle, was not injured, according to TMZ.

Migos rappers Offset, Takeoff and Quavo
Migos rappers Offset, Takeoff and Quavo are all related with Offset being Quavo's cousin and Takeoff being Quavo's nephew. Photo: Getty (WireImage)

Offset, the third Migos member, is Quavo's cousin, with all three being raised by Takeoff's mum and Quavo's older sister.

Takeoff's lawyer, Drew Finding, told the New York Times, his death was "a devastating loss, particularly for Atlanta".

"When you’re around Takeoff, there’s a sense of peacefulness about his aura," he said. "He listens to you, he looks at you, he’s more focused on what you have to say than what he has to say. The world was starting to learn about Takeoff. It was his time to shine."

Migos released their first mixtape Juug Season in 2011, with their first major track 'Versace' being released in 2013.

The trio later went on to receive a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album in 2018 for their album Culture, as well as for Best Rap Performance for their track 'Bad and Boujee'.

The group reportedly split from Offset, who is married to Cardi B, this year and rebranded as Unc & Phew, with the duo releasing their newest music video for their track 'Messy' on Monday.

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